Frederic Community Education Starts Balancing It Out

Balancing It Out - Improve Your Flexibility, Strength & Balance

Frederic Community Education has coordinated classes to help all ages improve motion, flexibility, balance, and stamina.  Balancing It Out will be offered twice weekly (Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:30-10am) at Frederic Senior Community Center.  All ages are welcome, however, the program is geared toward ages 65+.

The class will be led by Cheryl Whitman using the ‘Classical Stretch’ DVD curriculum (with PBS Fitness Host, Miranda Esmonde White); it will begin with a gentle warm-up & work into stretching 600 muscles.  Participants may use a chair for balance and support.  The goal of the program is focused on reducing falls and improving overall quality of life.

Balancing It Out will begin Monday, January 22 and will continue through May 22.  Registration is required through Frederic Community Education at (community link) or 715-327-4868.  Classes are free for January and $5/month thereafter, thanks to a grant received from Northwest Alliance Community Foundation, an affiliate of the St. Croix Valley Foundation.


Know Your Nonprofits Expo hosted 40 nonprofits serving the Polk/Burnett Area

The League of Women Voters St. Croix Valley is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization advocating for informed participation in government.

If you were in Siren on October 5th, you could have visited Crex Meadows and the Gandy Dancer Trail; learned about food shelves and hydroponic tomatoes; discovered programs and services for kids and seniors; invested in education and job training; and reveled in the theatre and the arts. You would also have seen a black bear (not real), and Winky, the barred owl (real) - all these wonders under one roof! You would have visited the Know Your Nonprofits Expo, where 40 area nonprofit organizations were showcased at the new Zhashagiins Event Center in Siren. The event was co-hosted by the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation (NACF) and 100 Women Who Care Polk Burnett, with a generous sponsorship from the Webb Lake Community Club. The public was invited to learn more about the good work being done in our communities and explore opportunities to connect with a variety of favorite causes to lend support through donations of volunteer time, talent, and money.

NACF introduced the nonprofit fair in 2016 as a venue for promoting education and support of the many Burnett and Polk nonprofits. The first event brought together 14 organizations and the number of participants grew during the first four years. Following the COVID-19 hiatus of several years, the 2023 event nearly tripled its nonprofit participation and received many positive comments.


What began as an event to introduce the public to nonprofit work has also become an opportunity for nonprofits themselves to meet, exchange information, and forge partnerships for their own needs. Many attending nonprofits mentioned the anticipation of meeting new organizations and visiting old ones. “Know Your Nonprofits Expo was an amazing experience,” noted Mark Elliott, Executive Director of Northwest Passage. “It’s a great event to connect with supporters and other nonprofits. I’m very happy that NACF brought this event back and I look forward to future expos.”


Nonprofits are too often overlooked in their communities, yet their programs and services impact many lives. Lisa Murphy, Director of the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, stated “Opportunities like this – to connect with the greater community and to connect with our colleagues in the nonprofit community – are incredibly valuable, especially for small rural nonprofits like us.”

The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County works to improve mental health in our community through education and innovative programming.

Burnett and Polk Counties are populated with people who are looking for opportunities to help their neighbors and their communities, and the established nonprofits are searching for volunteers to help improve quality of life for all. NACF can help connect people with organizations that match their interests, and the results are beneficial to both. To learn more about Burnett and Polk nonprofits, contact NACF at Commenting on the participation at the 2023 Know Your Nonprofits Expo, Melanie Kleiss, Director of North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area, said “The community energy and passion was something you don’t often experience. Uplifting!”


Kinship of Polk County works to improve the quality of a child’s life by establishing a relationship with a caring volunteer, for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship and community.



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